Lost Jews pp 176-200 | Cite as

To Be or Not to Be

  • Emma Klein


At the crossroads of Jewish life are young Jews who acknowledge that they are Jewish but remain outside any official communal structure. These ‘marginal’ Jews come from a variety of backgrounds, from relatively traditional to completely secular. Is their ‘aloofness’ a reaction against the established Jewish community? Or are these young Jews negating any form of religious authority like their counterparts throughout the Western world in a prevailingly secular culture? Has their level of Jewish awareness been shaped by their background or have outside factors played a greater part? Are marginal Jews committed to the continuity and survival of the Jewish people and does this concern influence their relationships? How many of today’s marginals will become tomorrow’s lost Jews?


Jewish Community Jewish Identity Jewish Woman Jewish Life Jewish State 
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